Editorial: May 1997

It's hard to explain the unusual pride I've been feeling lately. Most of it stems from the fact that while I have been involved with promoting the music scene for the past five years, I've never released a tactile product. All of my previous work with print, radio & video have all been something that has either been broadcast over the airwaves, or freely available of over the net. However, with the upcoming release of the greater Portland area compilation, I'll actually have a product that I can hold in my hands.

Now it's true that I didn't actually contribute any music to the compilation, but there is a long story behind that I will avoid in the forum. Nevertheless I played a prominent role in art design concept, production, financing, and I'll be the sole promoter of the compilation when it is released. So, I'm counting the days until the finished product reaches my hands. As it stands right now, everything has been submitted, approved and paid for, now I just have to wait for 3-4 weeks.

Of course, as anyone who has ever promoted their own release will tell you, the work has only begun. Right now I am putting the final touches on the promo/servicing lists for magazines, radio stations & clubs. I also have a record release party to plan and coordinate, advertisements to place in print magazines, radio ads to write, and a press release to compose. While that may sound like a great deal of work, I am actually looking forward to it. Mostly because I actually get to push something that isn't solely mine but still contains a great deal of input by me.

Let me take a brief moment to thanks those people who contributed a great deal to the final look, sound, & feel of the project. First off, I'd like to thank Sinless Records, whom without their release of their Elektro 101 compilation, I would have never come up with the idea of doing something similar for Portland that they did for Boston. Next, I'd like to thank Ken of Arts Industria/Arc for all of his work on the graphic design & artwork. The final cover design is nothing less than stunning. Next, I'd like to thank John Irish of Area 88 for the 13 hours of studio time he traded for a track on the compilation. I'd also like to thank m.c. death of Attenuated Euphoria for the use of his DAT player, and Jerry Sievert of RKiK for the use of CDR. Lastly I'd like to thank all of the bands who contributed to this project, including those few bands I had to drop to allow room for others and those who passwd on the project because they felt I couldn't possibly complete the project. It just goes to show you that with a little hard work and help from your friends, you can accomplish just about anything.


[Sonic Boom]

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